Words. As someone who writes, I find myself both loving and hating them. Sometimes they flow easily from the pen, or keyboard. And, other times, they get stuck in the far corners of my mind. Words have the power to bring calm or chaos and have the ability to cause pleasure or pain. They are both a gift and a curse.
There are two words that I have been thinking about a lot lately. They are the words I chose to embrace, as my words, in 2013: hope and blessing.
This year, hope for me has meant making a choice, like choosing optimism over pessimism. Not expecting the best, but expecting something. Not looking for the best case scenario, but going into a situation with confidence. To live in the hope of the Lord and to bring that hope to others.
Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in him.
In 2013, I wanted not only to recognize and be aware of my own blessings, because there are many that I often overlook, but to bring blessing to others.
“You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.” Luke 1:45 (NLT)
And without question, the person who has the power to give a blessing
is greater than the one who is blessed. Hebrews 7:7 (NLT)
So, how did I do?
As 2013 comes to a close, and I reflect on the year and all that occurred in my life, I know there were times when I failed to search for hope in the right place. I know there are times, when instead of blessing another, I chose to place my own needs above theirs.
However, despite my failures, even if they numbered into the thousands, the mercy of God remains. For that, I am grateful.
I haven’t decided if I will choose a new word or words to focus on in 2014. Honestly, I have contemplated many, like joy, grace, love, faith, etc. There are so many qualities of Christ I could choose to reflect. Maybe, instead I will choose to live with the word yet in mind.
…yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
Habakkuk 3:18 (NLT)
Because, no matter what comes before yet, God in His greatness, power and mercy, always comes after it. That will never change.
What will be your word, or focus, as you enter into 2014?
Guest Contributor- Sybil Kolbert